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The Ithaca Winter Lights Festival features Prismatica, an art trail of 25 luminous and interactive prisms.

From December 5 through 15, Prismatica will brighten the highly trafficked Commons pedestrian mall on East State Street and showcase how creativity can enliven this space. As visitors wander among and interact with the exhibit, they will enjoy an infinite interplay of lights and colorful reflections.

Each prism stands more than seven feet tall and is covered in a dichroic film that reflects all the colors of the rainbow depending on the light and the viewing angle. After sunset, internal projectors light up the interactive kaleidoscope giving the project added dimension.

The festival also includes annual favorites Chowder Cook-off and Santa’s Arrival. Additional pop-up activities during the festival include a Silent Disco, storytelling, a hot cocoa bar, demonstrations and other entertainment for all ages.